My Joy is not based on sinners.
My Joy is not based on sinners, whether it be other sinners, or my old nature considered dead.
It is not based on my performance as it relates to intellectual progress, athletic progress, financial progress, ministry exposure, ministry reception.
My Joy IS based on the Sovereign, the Savior;
My Joy IS based on...
who HE is: Fully God, Fully Man, King, Messiah, Sovereign, Savoir, Lion, Lamb.
what HE has accomplished: incarnate, life, cross, death, burial, resurrection, ascension, enthronement.
what HE has accomplished: redemption, atonement, propitiation, preservation of His Bride.
where HE is: at the right hand of the Father, in glory, with adoration and exultation.
what HE has promised: to return, to rescue, to restore, to reign, to vindicate His Holiness, Righteousness, Glory, Name.
that He is...... who He is......without me, my contribution, my effort, my intentions, my zeal, my tears.
Circumstances change, Christ does not.
Rejoice in the Lord always....and I again I say, Rejoice IN THE LORD.